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flood of people fleeing. the international community is undecided as to how to respond, but the u.s. says it is not ruling out military intervention. >> washington has said it will move planes and warships closer to libya. our washington correspondent will tell us with that mission will entail. >> there are some midsize ships in the area. they're still discussing the matter. it seems unlikely any military action will be taken. what the u.s. wants to avoid is they intervene militarily because of oil. these military ships will assess some human -- humanitarian actions. they're not saying so openly at the moment because they want to foremost, build up pressure on gunboat diplomacy. >> there has been talk about imposing a no-fly zone. what is the latest on that? >> it is not off the table. privately, u.s. officials are saying it would be complicated and military members are saying it would involve taking out anti-aircraft installations in libya which in other words, means bombing. on top of that, the u.s. would do that within the framework of nato, who would need the backing of the un a
argues that the arab states will be alienated if nato led the mission. but the u.s., italy, and britain have been pushing for nato to take over the operation. william hayes said that a unified command is necessary -- william hague said that a unified command is necessary. meanwhile, rebel forces in libya's third largest city say they have killed 30 loyalists snipers. troops loyal to gaddafi have been in the hospital. there are also reports of heavy fighting in northern east. >> more and more civilians are leading the stern -- are leading the eastern town as heavy gunfire continues between troops and rebels. >> this situation is getting worse and worse. god will punish those who are responsible for this. >> on thursday, libyan state tv showed footage of damage caused by overnight air strikes. officials say that a western bombs destroyed a military base in tripoli. france has since confirmed that dozens of coalition planes were indeed in operation over the country. libyan tv also showed injured people being admitted to hospital. libyan authorities said that 18 people were killed in the st
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